Drug Enforcement Administration

New York

Raymond P. Donovan, Special Agent in Charge

February 27, 2019

Contact: Erin Mulvey

Phone Number: (212) 337-2906

Fentanyl sale resulted in death: Dealer sentenced to 14 years in prison

BUFFALO, N.Y. – DEA New York Division Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan and U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr., announced that Pablo Lugo III, 23, of Lockport, N.Y., who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of fentanyl, was sentenced to serve 168 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. 


Assistant U.S. Attorneys Meghan A. Tokash and Joseph M. Tripi, who handled the case, stated that on March 29, 2015, Lockport Police Officers responded to 152 Caledonia Street and found an individual, K.R., deceased. Officers recovered four reddish paper wrappers in the bathroom, one of which was tested at the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Laboratory and determined to contain fentanyl. An autopsy determined that K.R. died of acute fentanyl intoxication.


Text messages recovered from K.R.’s cellular phone revealed that on March 28, 2015, K.R. communicated with Lugo between 12:22 p.m. and 12:51 p.m. K.R. died shortly after the text message exchange. The defendant admits that K.R.’s death resulted from the drugs he gave to K.R.


Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Buffalo Resident Office; the Niagara County Drug Enforcement Task Force; and the Lockport Police Department.


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